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Fenix rechargeable headlamp, headlamp, best headlamp, lights for deer hunters

Review: Fenix rechargeable headlamp should be in your gear

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I love headlamps, and think one should be in everyone’s emergency gear. This Fenix rechargeable headlamp deserves consideration for your emergency gear and/or Bug Out Bag.

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Hatchet or saw: Choose the best portable survival kit woodcutting tool

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Should you carry a hatchet or a saw? It depends. When choosing any tool for wilderness or urban survival, anticipate where you might be when you may need the tool, and what tasks it will need to perform.

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emergency lighting kit, emergency lighting, last minute gift

Great last minute gift idea: Make an emergency lighting setup

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Need a last minute gift idea for that hard to buy for person who has everything? Give the gift of light by setting up an emergency lighting kit.

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Best knife sheath? We review the Jenna Martin Vehement Knives design

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A really, really important part of a rigid blade knife is the sheath. A good one will be safe and comfortable to carry and get used. A poorly-designed sheath is dangerous and encourages you leaving the knife behind. This design by Jenna Martin is incredible!

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compass and GPS, stay found, maintain compass, back country navigation

Blake Miller: Compass Accuracy and Why You Should Care

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Accuracy is critical when it comes to hunting rifles, writing news stories and court testimony, but what about that old reliable (?) compass? How accurate is it, and how important can that be? Navigation expert Blake Miller explains what accuracy  standards to look for in magnetic compasses, and why the backcountry traveler should care. by Blake Miller After speaking at a…

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Review: Pak-Lite compact backpacker/survival nine volt LED flashlight

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A good, reliable flashlight is essential, IMHO. And getting one that is light, convenient to carry and reliable means you will most likely take it along on dayhikes or longer excursions. I found this Pak-Lite at a preparedness show, and it is worth taking a look at.

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Review: myCharge Adventureultra™ batteries for emergency offgrid electronic charging

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A reliable power source is absolutely necessary for electronic devices to function off grid. And a device with dead batteries is an expensive paper weight. These chargers may help keep you in touch with the outside world during emergencies.

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compass and GPS, stay found, maintain compass, back country navigation

Take care of your magnetic compass so it works correctly

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Compass operation depends on the action of the magnetic needle. Many items can affect the needle. Here is how to prevent compass failure.

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10 things to pack in your vehicle for emergency evacuations

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Hurricanes in the Gulf and along the Atlantic coast of Florida proved that most people forced to evacuate were woefully unprepared. Here are some items to take if you ever have to evacuate your home.

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Hults Bruk American felling axe, best felling axe, axes

Review | The Hults Bruk American Felling Axe should be part of your preparedness gear

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If you only had one tool to use for clearing land, building a cabin and possibly self defense, chances are you’d pick an axe. Take a look at this axe for inclusion in your emergency gear.

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